O's suspend minor leaguer Adams for rest of the year

What has been a tough season for Frederick Keys second baseman Ryan Adams has come to an end even though the Keys have about two weeks left in the regular season.

Adams, the O's second-round pick in 2006, missed much of May and June due to a groin injury.

A few days ago the Orioles put Adams on the suspended list and sent him home to Louisiana.

"All I can say is yes, Ryan was sent home for disciplinary reasons for the rest of the season. Beyond that, I don't have many other comments," O's Director of Player Development, David Stockstill said.

Adams reportedly did not run hard when he hit a grounder in a recent game. Keys manager Richie Hebner took him out of the game and the two got into a dugout argument.

Stockstill would not confirm or deny that is what led to Adams' suspension.

In 59 games this year with Frederick, he was batting .288-2-25 with 14 doubles and 27 runs. Adams, in his fourth year in the organization, was batting .303 in 19 August games.

Will the suspension hurt him with the club in the future?

"I don't think so," Stockstill said. "I think we have shown over the years when a player has been involved in disciplinary action that when the action is over the incident is over with and we go forward."

Adams will stay on the suspended list for the rest of the Carolina League season. He was not scheduled to attend instructional league workouts.

Stockstill was asked if the O's had any issues in the past with Adams.

"Ryan is a young man that is full of energy. I wouldn't say we've had any problems in the past. He is gung ho and goes 100 percent. There's always a possibility of people butting heads in baseball. I wouldn't say we've had any problems in the past."

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Even though he is listed as a "taxi squad" player, Frederick Keys slugger Brandon Waring is excited that he was selected to play in the Arizona Fall League for the first time.

Taxi squad players play only on Wednesday and Saturday.

"It's definitely an honor to go and be with some of the top prospects from this year. It's the best competition and a good gauge to see where you stand going into next year," the 23-year-old Waring said.

This season he is batting .276-25-87 with the Keys and he leads all O's minor leaguers in homers and RBI.

In August, Waring is hitting .306-8-22 in 22 games.

"I am real excited about it. It's going to be challenging. If you want to get to the big leagues you'll have to hit off pitchers like that."

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